Cabinet Secretary Interior Ministry, Dr Fred Matiang’i has stated that no police officer has ever executed anyone as a matter of policy.
Matiang’i urged all civil society and human rights activists to be balanced in their review of police officers. He encouraged them to stop making statements against police officers as it created unnecessary tension.
“The police do not execute anyone as a means of policing, such false information often leads to unjustified castigation of police officers in spite of the daily sacrifices they make to protect and serve Kenyans,” Matiang’i said.
The CS also maintained that the Government is committed to concluding all cases lodged against rogue police officers and deliver justice to any civilian whose rights might have been abused. He also asked that unwarranted attacks against the police be highlighted by civil society groups.
“While reporting police misconduct, we should also speak against unwarranted attacks on police officers while they are on duty,” Matiang’i noted.
The bullish CS also said he was confident about the ongoing reforms within the National Police Service (NPS) saying that the government was committed to ensuring police officers complied with human rights.
“Our country has changed and we are on a very different trajectory. We are a secure and attractive destination for investment, and negative unfounded utterances against
the police not only dent such a good image but have the potential of discouraging would be investors and visitors to our country,” he said.
He also welcomed the opportunity to have constructive self assessment of the National Police Service. He said that a multi agency task force would be formed to come up with the date for reporting and the assessment tool.
The civil societies organizations on their part agreed to engage meaningfully with other stakeholders within the security sector when it came to matters of extra judicial killings.
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